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Chief Executive Officer

Beacon Media Inc is recruiting for an experienced Chief Executive Officer (CEO) to reside in Kansas City, MO or Wichita, KS. The successful candidate will be an experienced business leader with a track record of building and leading successful, sustainable, inclusive organizations. You’ll be at the forefront of a movement to make local news a foundational part of civic life in the Kansas City and Wichita metros by enabling the kind of journalism that holds power to account while being accountable to the communities we serve. A full job description can be found at this link. Please review to see the totality of the responsibilities, as well as desired skills and characteristics.

You’re a good fit if…

  • You are a seasoned leader with at least two years of experience in a senior executive
    role, and a track record of building and leading successful, sustainable, inclusive
    organizations.
  • You have a passion for civic engagement, local accountability journalism and
    independent media.
  • You thrive in a fast-paced startup environment where you are expected to think outside
    the box and build things from scratch.
  • You prioritize building an equitable and inclusive organizational culture.
  • You are the kind of leader who brings teams together, fosters an inclusive work
    environment and motivates people to go the extra mile.

Compensation and benefits

  • Salary range starts at $150,000

Apply here.


Editor in Chief

Beacon Media Inc seeks a visionary Editor in Chief to lead our newsrooms in Kansas City, Missouri and Wichita, Kansas. The successful candidate is an experienced newsroom leader with a passion for the future of local news coverage; has a commitment to local, community-centered journalism; and a track record of building and managing teams producing high-impact stories. You’ll be at the forefront of a movement to make local news a foundational part of civic life in the Kansas City and Wichita metros by enabling the kind of journalism that holds power to account while being accountable to the communities we serve. A link to the full job description is here. Please review to see the totality of the responsibilities, as well as desired skills and characteristics.

You’re a good fit if…

  • You have a strong, cohesive vision for the best possible version of local accountability
    journalism, and can communicate that vision to staff and external partners.
  • You are a local newsroom leader with significant experience supervising teams and overseeing strategic editorial decisions, and a track record of high-impact journalism.
  • You have a passion for local accountability journalism and independent media.
  • You have experience guiding less-experienced reporters as well as more seasoned ones, and a strong interest in developing careers. 
  • You thrive in a fast-paced startup environment where you are expected to think outside the box and build things from scratch, and you are unafraid to try new approaches and adjust when appropriate.
  • You enjoy collaborating with others and finding new ways to serve the community.
  • You prioritize building an equitable and inclusive organizational culture.
  • You are the kind of leader who can give direction while also bringing teams together, fostering a healthy work environment and motivating people to go the extra mile.

Compensation and benefits

  • Salary range starts at $90,000

Apply here.

Editor

Beacon Media Inc seeks an Editor to lead its community-centered newsrooms in Wichita, Kansas. The successful candidate is an experienced newsroom leader with a clear vision for the future of local news coverage in Wichita; a passion for local, community-centered journalism; and a track record of building and managing teams producing high-impact stories. You’ll be at the forefront of a movement to make local news a foundational part of civic life in the Wichita metro by enabling the kind of journalism that holds power to account while being accountable to the communities we serve. A full job description can be found at this link. Please review to see the totality of the responsibilities, as well as desired skills and characteristics.

You’re a good fit if…

  • You are a newsroom leader with daily editing experience and a track record of producing and/or editing impactful journalism.
  • You have a passion for local accountability journalism and independent media.
  • You thrive in a fast-paced startup environment where you are expected to think outside the box and build things from scratch.
  • You enjoy collaborating with others and finding new ways to serve the community.
  • You prioritize building an equitable and inclusive organizational culture.
  • You are the kind of leader who brings teams together, fosters a healthy work environment and motivates people to go the extra mile


Compensation and benefits

  • Salary range starts at $75,000. 

Apply here.


Community Engagement Bureau Manager

The Wichita Beacon’s Community Engagement Bureau is a journalism lab reimagining local media. We do this by equipping people with skills and resources, engaging in critical public conversations and producing information that directly addresses people’s needs. Drawing from our work in Wichita, we aim to equip communities with the tools to eliminate information inequity. The Community Engagement Bureau Manager is a full-time job based in Wichita with hybrid work options.

Read the full job description and apply here.


Community Representatives

The Wichita Beacon wants to learn how people in Wichita get the news and information they need. We’re hiring Community Representatives to help us as members of our Community Engagement Bureau, a new initiative to design a creative way to deliver news to underserved communities. This is a paid opportunity.

Read the full job description here. Apply here.


Freelance writers and photographers

Opportunity: We’re seeking freelance journalists to pitch us stories for publication in The Wichita Beacon. We’re interested in stories that impact audiences in South Central Kansas, and that fall under the general categories of government, economics, education, health care, environment and civic engagement. We are not seeking commentary or opinion pieces. We are particularly interested in stories that are revelatory, data-driven, contextual and solutions-driven. All content is subject to editing and fact-checking prior to publication. Freelancers are not considered W2 eligible employees and are not eligible for benefits. Contracts will include a conflicts of interest statement and signing the SPJ Code of Ethics.

Apply here.